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Jaguars Vikings Betting Predictions – Question Marks Surround Key Players

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/5/2012 6:38:35 PM

The Minnesota Vikings were one of the worst teams in the NFL a year ago. The Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t much better. Both teams will have higher expectations for this season as they kick off against one another this weekend in Minnesota, even though each team has struggled through an offseason with question marks about their most talented player. Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson has worked his way back from a busted up knee and could be guided back in to the lineup slowly behind Toby Gerhart week one. Meanwhile, the Jaguars have last year’s rushing leader Maurice Jones-Drew listed as No. 2 on their depth chart behind Rashad Jennings following a holdout that ended this past sports betting week.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Minnesota Vikings
Sunday September 9, 2012 – 1:00 PM ET
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NFL Betting Line: Minnesota Vikings – 3.5

Jacksonville head coach Mike Mularkey was very up front about his decision to make Jones-Drew the No. 2 from day one, and it will be interesting to see how he splits the touches for the opener. MJD was one of the only reasons the Jaguars were even competitive a year ago, and losing his big-play ability could be devastating to the offense.

NFL Betting Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jennings has a solid YPC average in limited snaps as the backup, but whether or not he can handle a bigger workload at this stage has yet to be proven. Jacksonville is expecting much more out of second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert after he was thrown in to the fire as a rookie a year ago, and he does have a couple of nice receiving options in rookie first-round pick Justin Blackmon and free agent addition Laurent Robinson. The defense will once again be the strength of this team after the Jaguars ranked in the top-10 against both the run and pass despite dealing with a ton of bad situations caused by turnovers and a lack of possession.

NFL Betting Preview: Minnesota Vikings

The days of the Vikings dominating against the rush are long gone, and there isn’t many areas on this roster that don’t have question marks heading in to this season. Minnesota has struggled against the pass for years now, and with defensive tackle Pat Williams finally leaving the middle of the line the run defense will struggle to match last year’s 11th-place ranking against the rush. The Vikings addressed the offensive line with the selection of left tackle Matt Kalil fourth overall, but they are lacking playmakers at the skill positions and should struggle without Peterson at full strength.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Neither team is projected to win even six games this season, and with both dealing with major question marks at key positions it doesn’t make sense not to take the points if the online sportsbook sites want to give them. The Jaguars have a stronger set of playmakers on both sides of the ball, and they could win this game straight-up if they don’t turn the ball over and make other crucial mistakes.

NFL Betting Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars


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